Talks and Texts

Videos and Clips of Joyce and Bill Cummings

Cummings Community Giving
Tufts University – 11/20/2023

Bill Cummings joined students and faculty at Tufts University’s Derby Entrepreneurship Center for a fireside chat on “The Cummings Way: Philanthropy Done Right.”

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Cummings Community Giving
Roger Williams University - 5/19/2023

Joyce and Bill Cummings visited Bristol, RI to accept honorary degrees from Roger Williams University and deliver the commencement address to the class of 2023 [timestamp 31:00].

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The Room to Write - Bill Cummings
WCAT Wakefield - 12/7/2022

Program host Colleen Getty joined Bill Cummings at his organization’s Woburn headquarters to discuss writing and entrepreneurship.

Joyce Cummings
McLane Middleton Minutes podcast - 12/6/2022

McLane Middleton attorneys Linda S. Johnson and Jennifer L. Parent interview Joyce Cummings, philanthropist and cofounder of Cummings Foundation.

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Cummings Community Giving
CBS Boston - 11/24/2022

WBZ-TV reporter Levan Reid visited Cummings Properties in Woburn to talk to Bill Cummings and other team members about the annual Cummings Community Giving program.

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Bill Cummings
Baystate Business Hour Podcast - 7/15/2022

Bloomberg reporter Janet Woo joined Joe Shortsleeve, Tom Moroney, and Kim Carrigan to discuss Cummings Foundation’s annual grant winner celebration and founder Bill Cummings.

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Cummings introduces staff-wide fuel stipend to offset inflation
NBC10 Boston - 6/15/2022

NBC10 reporter Brian Burnell visited Cummings Properties’ Woburn headquarters to chat with team members and founder Bill Cummings about a new staff-wide fuel stipend.

Chronicle Filming
WCVB Chronicle - 3/23/2022

WCVB’s “Chronicle” crew visited with Bill Cummings at the Foundation’s Woburn headquarters, where Anthony Everett and his team sat down with Bill to discuss life-altering philanthropy.

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Bill Cummings: lessons and legacy — a worthy path in business and life
MOI Global - 11/16/2021

Bill Cummings shared his insights and experiences with Alex Gilchrist of MOI Global during a candid Zoom interview. Watch the recording to learn more about Bill’s storied career as a lauded philanthropist and entrepreneur.

Bill Cummings at Duke University Seminar on “Democratizing Philanthropy”
FIRG Seminar - 9/30/2020

Bill Cummings spoke (virtually) at Duke University about “Democratizing Philanthropy.” Watch the recording to learn more about Cummings Foundation’s unconventional approach to charitable giving, which involves empowering more than 100 volunteers to determine the majority of recipients of a total of $25 million each year.

Bill Cummings
Cold Call Podcast - 5/26/2020

After billionaire and philanthropist Bill Cummings retires, the management team at Cummings Properties must determine how to move the company forward. Listen to the entire podcast, which premiered on May 26 on Cold Call.

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Interview with Joyce Vyriotes of Cummings Foundation
BNEWS Special - 2/5/2020

BNEWS anchor Phil Gallagher recently sat down with Cummings Foundation deputy director Joyce Vyriotes to discuss the Foundation's history and the extensive reach of its many good works.

Cummings Foundation receives Museum of Science Colby Award

Cummings Foundation received the Colby Award from Boston’s Museum of Science. This recognition is “bestowed annually on members of the Museum of Science family who have made extraordinary contributions of time, treasure, and talent.”

Bill Cummings on Chronicle
WCVB Chronicle - 10/12/2018

WCVB’s “Chronicle” crew visited with Bill Cummings at his home, at the historic Cummings Center campus, and at Sustaining Grant recipient Mission of Deeds. Shayna Seymour and her team sat down with Bill while he answered the question “how does it feel to make a billion dollars and then plan to give much of it away?”

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Bill Cummings on Being Boston
Boston 25 News - 6/8/2018

Cummings Foundation donates $100,000 to 100 non-profit organizations annually through the $100K for 100 program. Watch the video to see the excitement of the night. “I don't think of it as proud so much as happy. We really enjoy it, the opportunity to confront all these happy people,” Bill said of the event. MORE

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Bill Cummings on WBUR
WBUR - 5/8/2018

Bill Cummings built his fortune in the real estate world. Starting with just a single building in Woburn, Cummings Properties now spans 11 million square feet across northeastern Massachusetts. In 2011, Bill and his wife Joyce became the first people in Massachusetts to sign the Giving Pledge, a promise to give away at least half of their total wealth. The Cummings Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the state, and it is unique in how the donations are distributed.

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Bill Cummings on "Greater Boston" with Jim Braude
Greater Boston - 4/24/2018

WGBH “Greater Boston” news host Jim Braude interviewed Bill on his decision to donate nearly all of his fortune to mostly local charities. They discuss Bill and Joyce’s membership in the Giving Pledge and how they hope to inspire others to give back. MORE

Bill Cummings on WBZ
WBZ Boston - 4/20/2018

Having just given away $10 million to about 30 nonprofits in the Boston area, Bill says, “We can all do something. We can give of ourselves, of our time. We can give our physical labor. If we have financial ability, we can give that. And working together, it changes society.”

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Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Academy of Distinguished Bostonians

Joyce and Bill were inducted into Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Academy of Distinguished Bostonians. With the theme ROI: Return on Influence, the Chamber celebrated honorees who have "invested their time, talents, and influence to build a stronger region."

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Bloomberg Radio Interview
Bloomberg Radio - 5/8/2017

"You may not have a private plane. But you definitely have a moral compass, which I think is really really needed in today's society." Bloomberg Radio host Carol Massar spoke these words toward the end of a live interview with Joyce and Bill Cummings, just hours before Joyce and Bill were honored by Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as "2017 Distinguished Bostonians."

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Endicott College Commencement

Bill and Joyce Cummings delivered the 2016 commencement speech at Endicott College, addressing more than 4,000 graduates, family members, faculty, and staff. President Richard E. Wylie presented Bill and Joyce with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.

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Catholic Charities Justice and Compassion Award

Given to recognize extensive philanthropic contributions and social impact on the Greater Boston community.

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Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine 2015 Commencement

Ten years after making a $50 million commitment to what thereafter became known as the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Joyce and Bill Cummings addressed the 33rd graduating class.

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Cardinal O'Malley at New Horizons Marlborough

Bill Cummings had the honor of offering welcoming remarks when Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley said Mass at New Horizons at Marlborough.

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McKeown Plaza Dedication

Salem State University dedicated the James L. McKeown Memorial Plaza, honoring the late "Jamie" McKeown, a magna cum laude graduate of the Class of 1977 and president of Cummings Properties from 1990 until his sudden death in 1996.

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Boston Business Journal Visionary Award

BBJ's Visionary Award is presented each year to recognize the movers and shakers in the Greater Boston commercial real estate industry.

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Bill Cummings at Tisch College Real Estate Luncheon

Bill spoke to fellow Tufts alumni and real estate professionals about how he got started in the business as well as about his recent shift to philanthropy.

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Bill Cummings receives Solas Award

Named from the Gaelic word for "Light," IIIC's Solas Awards are presented annually to individuals whose work is inspirational and who are committed to giving back to their communities.

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Bill Cummings named 2013 North Shore Distinguished Citizen

On Tuesday, November 19, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce honored Bill Cummings with a 2013 North Shore Distinguished Citizen Award. As Bill was traveling out of the country at the time, Steve Drohosky, general manager of Cummings Center, accepted the award on his behalf at the Chamber's 2013 Annual Dinner.

Bill and Joyce Cummings receive NAIOP Public Service Award

Honoring civic and charitable contributions, along with a life-long commitment to the highest values of service to the greater community.

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$100K for 100 Grantee Reception

Joyce and Bill Cummings spoke to more than 300 people, including staff and board members from the local nonprofits that received grants of $100,000 each.

Salem State University Commencement

Joyce and Bill Cummings spoke to more than 300 people, including staff and board members from the local nonprofits that received grants of $100,000 each.

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The Boston Foundation Annual Meeting

At an event presented by The Boston Foundation, at the Kennedy Library, Joyce and Bill Cummings spoke to more than 400 representatives of local nonprofits. During a 20-minute talk, they shared their personal and business backgrounds, spoke about Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation, and discussed the future of the Foundation’s new grant-making affiliates.

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